Understanding Titian’s Poesie

A contribution by Marie Tanner Titian’s mythological paintings for King Philip II of Spain, known collectively as the Poesie, have long been appreciated by scholars for their ravishing beauty due in equal measure to Titian’s mastery as a painter and to their seductive themes drawn from classical mythology.  Three international exhibitions devoted to the Poesie…

Ann Bermingham on “Meltdown! Picturing the World’s First Bubble Economy”

A contribution by Ann Bermingham University of California, Santa Barbara Three hundred years ago, the collapse of two joint stock corporations that capitalized on the anticipated expansion of maritime trade in the new world precipitated the first modern bubble and financial meltdown. The caustic satirical prints generated by this catastrophe immortalize a fascinating story of…

Tim Shephard on “Music in the Art of Renaissance Italy, 1420–1540”

A contribution by Tim Shephard University of Sheffield Sister Arts? Leonardo famously claimed that “Music is to be called none other than the sister of painting.” His assertion fits well with the Renaissance epistemology of the arts, personified as women and placed into sibling relationships as Liberal Arts or Muses. In such a system, the…